Recently, the movie Pathaan starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone was in the eye of the storm due to its song ‘Besharam Rang’ attracting a lot of controversy. The movie, which is set to release on 25th January 2023, is being produced by Yash Raj Films and marks SRK’s return to the big screen after a gap of four years. What’s even more exciting, however, is the fact that the movie Pathaan is part of the YRF Spy Universe that has been in development for more than a decade now.
What is the YRF Spy Universe?
The YRF Spy Universe refers to a series of action-thriller films that feature RAW agents as the main protagonists. 2012’s Ek Tha Tiger, starring Salman Khan as a RAW agent, was the first film to be part of this universe. This was followed by its 2017 sequel Tiger Zinda Hai as well as 2019’s War which starred Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff in lead roles.
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All of the movies in the YRF Spy Universe have been massive blockbusters, having collectively grossed a whopping INR 1374 crores. As the the combined budget for these films was INR 435 crores, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that the films have raked in huge profits. As such, it’s no wonder that Yash Raj Films is planning on expanding the universe with sequels and new franchises. While Pathaan is introducing new characters to this universe next year, we will also be reunited with old characters like Kabir and Tiger in the near future.
A timeline of all the movies part of the YRF Spy Universe so far
1. Ek Tha Tiger (2012)
Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ranvir Shorey
Plot: Avinash “Tiger” Singh Rathore, a RAW agent, is tasked with recovering vital information before his Pakistani counterparts.
Box office: INR 334 crores
2. Tiger Zinda Hai (2017)
Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Angad Bedi, Kumud Mishra, Girish Karnad
Plot: Joining forces with Zoya, the sequel sees Tiger trying to rescue a group of nurses who have been held hostage by militants in Iraq.
Box office: INR 565 crores
3. War (2019)
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff, Vaani Kapoor, Mashhor Amrohi, and Ashutosh Rana
Plot: Indian soldier Khalid Rahmani is assigned to eliminate his former mentor and RAW agent Kabir Dhaliwal as the latter has apparently gone rogue.
Box office: INR 475 crores
Which new movies are being planned for the YRF Spy Universe in the future?
Avengers style planning… Will be a brilliant move by #AdityaChopra .. for roping in #HrithikRoshan post #War2 as #Kabir to join #YRF’s SPY universe with #SalmanKhan & #ShahRukhKhan #Tiger3 & #Pathan @iHrithik @iamsrk @BeingSalmanKhan
— Girish Johar (@girishjohar) January 29, 2022
Besides Pathaan which is set to release in January 2023, other films that have been planned for the YRF Universe include War 2 and Tiger 3. Both of these films are highly anticipated sequels to already successful films.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Answer: Founded by Yash Chopra in 1970, Yash Raj Films currently has a net worth of 970 Million USD. In Indian currency, that amounts to INR 8043 crores.
Answer: Like all movies and movie franchises produced by YRF, the owner of the YRF Spy Universe is Aditya Chopra.
Answer: Before Pathaan, other films that are part of the YRF Spy Universe include Ek Tha Tiger and its sequel Tiger Zinda Hai, as well as War.
Answer: Besides Pathaan, SRK's upcoming films include Jawan directed by Atlee and Raj Kumar Hirani's Dunki.